Friday, 25 January 2013

Sparkling Snowflakes

Yesterday was a cold, cold day. Little Annalise needed some Mommy time as we've had a busy couple of days. What better way to enjoy each other's company while staying warm on a cold day than making snowflakes? :)  This website: has a bunch of wonderful winter crafts to do with toddlers. I chose one and we got to work.

construction paper
double-sided tape
tin foil

While I got the paper ready with the tape, Annalise tore up the tin foil (or, as she calls it, Tim Oil). It was a great way to keep her occupied and train her fine motor skills.

You can't see it very well, but there is double-sided tape on the paper. You put the tape down in different snowflake shapes.

Next step - take the little pieces of "Tim Oil" and stick it to the double-sided tape. Annalise had fun with this. She got really into it and pretended the foil was orange juice that she had to poor all over the paper. Then she squished it all onto the tape. Whatever didn't stick, went back into the container for Mommy to use. :)

This is mine. It was fun to do crafts with Annalise. Hopefully more crafts will come soon! :)

Monday, 21 January 2013

Pretty Trash

So it's been some time since I've posted here ... but it's been some time since I've been creative (either on my own or with my oldest daughter). December was insanely busy, of course with Christmas, but it is also the month my mom went to be with her Saviour. We praise God that she is no longer suffering! But with sorrow and busyness, crafting gets pushed to the side. It's hard to be creative when your heart is breaking. We are getting settled back into our routines now and, oddly enough, my creativity has come back stronger than it has been for about 8 years or so! This makes me glad ... my heart has a way to express itself again.

So, this post isn't super creative/heart expression but it's something I've wanted to do for a while because I think these are so cute. Shortly after doing this craft, I sat down to paint and that is where my heart expression could come out. However, that painting is a gift for a friend and I will not post about it here until the friend has received it (so as not to spoil the surprise). :)

This post is about a pretty, cute, little trash can for the car and this ( is where I got the idea. :)

Supplies required are an empty Costco size Cascade dishwasher 'pods' container, modge podge, a sponge brush, scrapbook paper and scissors.

Oh, and wine. It's good to have a glass (and bottle) of wine as you craft. :)

Empty, clean Cascade container - Costco size.

Pretty scrapbook paper. :)

Modge Podge the bin, wrap paper on it, modge podge on top of the paper to seal it (2 or 3 coats). As an afterthought, I realized I should have removed the Cascade labels from the container. Too bad but it still looks alright and, after all, it is just a trash can - it doesn't have to be perfect! :) It was a bit annoying wrapping the paper as the roundness of the bin made it a slight (very slight) challenge to get the paper flush with all the sides. I managed though. (Sorry for the lack of "during" pictures.)

Pop the lid back on and you're done. I actually ended up popping the lid off again so I could put a plastic shopping bag in to act as a garbage bag. May as well keep the pretty trash can clean and pretty! :)

It was a fun and easy craft and I think I will make a second one for Darran's car. Only then I have to first get some more masculine looking scrapbook paper. :)